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to cover the anticipated future costs
of replacement based on the expected
lifecycle of that infrastructure. Managers
should work with their engineer to
establish a system-wide value using
replacement costs. A GIS database makes
this a fairly inexpensive effort.

Planning for water
infrastructure's future
Evaluating a system's condition and
capacity on an ongoing basis helps in
planning for the future. Although many
rural water systems are still actively
growing, many others across the nation
have reached maturity, with less needs
for sizable new infrastructure construction
such as water treatment plants, booster
stations or main transmission lines. These
systems have completed construction of
the features originally envisioned and are in
a basic operation and maintenance mode.
Yet, it is still important to plan for the
ongoing maintenance and growth of a rural
water system.
When considering future system
needs, a strategic or master plan is an
important tool that can be utilized. These

plans help set a vision that links daily
decisions to where an organization wants
to be in three to five years, coupled with
an understanding of likely infrastructure
requirements in 10 to 20 years. The plan
can help guide a rural water system
to financially plan for the future, while
prioritizing infrastructure needs. It
also can help identify shortcomings
and set a path to overcome them.
An effective master plan will identify
phased improvements, estimate both
construction and operation costs
associated with the improvements,
project future expense budgets and
detail the required rate structure that will
be necessary to meet those expenses.
With this information, water districts can
incrementally adjust rates annually and
avoid the sticker shock of large increases.
When developing a strategic plan,
outside perspectives are often helpful.
This can take the form of seeking
input from regulators, accountants and
consultants-particularly in using an
engineering consultant to model the
system's hydraulic performance and
lead the development of the plan. These

outside influences provide knowledge
and fresh perspectives as challenges
and potential paths forward are identified
and explored.
Ultimately, the value of a strategic plan
is that it gives decision makers a solid
understanding of key issues, consensus
on important assumptions and shared
understanding of the facts surrounding
the system. In other words, it gets the
manager, Board of Directors and engineer
on the same page with regards to the
future of the district. This acts as a solid
foundation for strategic decisions despite
the constantly changing funding and
regulatory environment.
In these times of tightening budgets,
increasing regulations and aging
infrastructure, a well-crafted plan of a
system's future goals and needs is as
important now as ever before. ‚óŹ

References:
https://www.usda.gov/media/pressreleases/2018/05/23/usda-invests-256-million-waterinfrastructure-rural-communities
https://www.awwa.org/publications/connections/
connections-story/articleid/4944/2018-state-of-thewater-industry-report-reveals-long-term-trends.aspx

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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